Mercury Glass Christmas

As promised, here are more photos from my dining room! 

Center stage is this lovely cast-concrete statue of Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus my step dad found when clearing out his flowerbed. It was under layers and layers of mulch and had been forgotten over the years. 

I made these butlers' gazing balls using mercury glass candle holders and mercury glass orbs. I've hand the candle holders for years and picked up the balls at a yard sale a while back for about a quarter each!

To add texture and interest to the display, I layered the top of the altar with antique sheet music and a burlap coffee sack. After taking down my Fall Mantelscape, I had all of the hardware from it in this bowl and added it in for an additional focal point.

While I didn't secure my gazing balls to the candle sticks, you could use a temporary adhesive such as poster putty or something similar. Don't use floral clay--it won't come off.

More goodies coming this week--including how I transformed a $5.00 Christmas tree into what you see in the corner above! Also check back later today or early tomorrow for a post on my favorite sources for French Flair items--whether for gifts or for you!
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